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  • Museo de las Americas hires Maruca Salazar

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    Museo de las Americas hires Maruca Salazar

    The board of directors of Denver's Museo de las Amricas (861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, www.museo.org) has announced that Maruca Salazar (pictured), a well-known Colorado artist and arts educator, has been named as the institution's new director...

    by Michael Paglia on June 11, 2009
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    Barbara Takenaga and Mary Ehrin. These two solos feature contemporary work that's informed by the influence of nature. Barbara Takenaga: Fade Away & Radiate, comprises a nice selection of abstracts by a New York artist who lived for many years in Co...

    by Michael Paglia on June 11, 2009
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    Capsule reviews of current shows

    Girls Only. The trouble with Girls Only, a two-woman evening of conversation, skits, singing, improvisation and audience participation, is that it's so relentlessly nice. Creator-performers Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein have worked together for ma...

    on June 11, 2009
  • The verdict is in: The Trial inspires a worthy play in Joseph K

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    The verdict is in: The Trial inspires a worthy play in Joseph K

    Franz Kafka's novel The Trial, in which a man is accused of an unnamed crime and, having faced all kinds of baffling and inexplicable encounters as well as a wall of bureaucratic obstruction, is eventually executed, was published in 1925. In its evo...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 11, 2009
  • There's natural beauty in the abstract work of these four artists

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    There's natural beauty in the abstract work of these four artists

    The idea of basing art on things found in nature has had many adherents over the centuries and today manifests itself in a wide array of approaches, from straight-up depictions of the landscape to abstracts made up of organically inspired shapes. ...

    by Michael Paglia on June 4, 2009
  • Go for the Gold!

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    Go for the Gold!

    The discovery of gold in Colorado inspired the Rush to the Rockies exactly 150 years ago. Although many fortune-hunters who set off on the arduous journey across the plains to Pikes Peak territory never arrived, and still more gave up on ever striki...

    by Chris Castellano on June 4, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 4, 2009
  • Quilters sews together pioneer women's stories into a satisfying whole

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    Quilters sews together pioneer women's stories into a satisfying whole

    Quilters has a strong local history. Based on the journals and remembrances of pioneer women, it was co-written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek in the early 1980s at the request of the Denver Center Theatre Company -- where it has now returned....

    by Juliet Wittman on June 4, 2009
  • American Muscle revs up at Pirate

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    American Muscle revs up at Pirate

    In the 1960s, the two biggest contemporary art movements, pop art and minimalism, were ideological opposites -- well, except in certain works from Andy Warhol's "Elvis" series. Pop was content-driven, riffing off everyday subject matter, while minim...

    by Michael Paglia on May 28, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Curiouser. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind is one of the top curators in town, and one of the secrets to his success is presenting artists whose efforts are worthwhile but who for some reason rarely exhibit their work. That's what's happening ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 28, 2009
  • Gogol is a no-go at Buntport

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    Gogol is a no-go at Buntport

    Partway through The Squabble, I did something I've never done before in all my years of faithful and happy attendance at Buntport: I glanced at my watch to see how much longer we had to go. Based on Nikolai Gogol's "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 28, 2009
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    Bus Stop. A snowstorm has closed the road ahead, and a bus is stranded outside a diner, where worldly-wise owner Grace supervises her high-school-aged waitress, Elma. Among those requiring doughnuts and coffee or bacon and eggs are driver Carl, who ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 28, 2009
  • The Denver Art Museum has a psychedelic flashback

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    The Denver Art Museum has a psychedelic flashback

    In the 1960s, the oldest of the baby boomers were coming of age, and they collectively launched the counterculture across America. The unofficial capital of this youth movement was San Francisco, where thousands of hippies descended and turned Ameri...

    by Michael Paglia on May 21, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Curiouser. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind is one of the top curators in town, and one of the secrets to his success is presenting artists whose efforts are worthwhile but who for some reason rarely exhibit their work. That's what's happening ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 21, 2009
  • The Curious premiere of 26 Miles goes the distance

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    The Curious premiere of 26 Miles goes the distance

    Olivia, a fifteen-year-old girl living unhappily with her father, Aaron, and stepmother (who's never seen on stage and appears to be either vicious or neurotic to the point of pathology), finds herself throwing up uncontrollably for reasons we'll le...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 21, 2009
  • Space Gallery hosts a trio of related shows

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    Space Gallery hosts a trio of related shows

    There's a very handsome set of three interconnected shows at Space Gallery (765 Santa Fe Drive, 720-904-1088, www.spacegallery.com) that make up what is essentially a single group show, even if each of the artists involved is given solo status. All ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 14, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Curiouser. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind is one of the top curators in town, and one of the secrets to his success is presenting artists whose efforts are worthwhile but who for some reason rarely exhibit their work. That's what's happening ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 14, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    52 Pick-Up. The central conceit of this love story involves a pack of cards that two actors scatter, then pick up, one by one, announcing what the card is and reading its caption, which is always something evocative and elliptical, like "What happen...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 14, 2009
  • Love conquers all, even the dated script of Paragon's Bus Stop

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    Love conquers all, even the dated script of Paragon's Bus Stop

    Bus Stop is set in a diner, where worldly-wise owner Grace supervises her high-school-aged waitress, Elma. On this particular night, a snowstorm has closed the road ahead, and a bus is stranded outside. Among those requiring doughnuts and coffee or ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 14, 2009
  • Paul Gillis and Werner Drewes offer alternate points of view

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    Paul Gillis and Werner Drewes offer alternate points of view

    The term "painter's painter" is bandied about quite a bit -- I use it myself from time to time -- and we all know what it means: an artist who may not be appreciated by the public but has earned the respect of other artists, the highest form of flat...

    by Michael Paglia on May 7, 2009
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Outside in 303 brings street art inside at the Museo

The Museo de las Americas is making its mark this summer with Outside in 303, an incredible show that gives a glimpse into the scene of Latino taggers that have… More >>

Phamaly puts on a transcendent Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

For some in a Phamaly Theatre Company production, just getting out of bed, dressing and arriving at rehearsal is a grueling ordeal. The group — once known as the Physically… More >>

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King Henry IV gained the throne by deposing his predecessor, Richard II, and having him murdered, and in Henry IV, Part 1, the crown lies uneasily on his head. He's… More >>

Dahlia Square could become a garden spot -- but right now, plans are sowing dissension in the neighborhood

Decades ago, Dahlia Square was celebrated as the nation's largest African-American-owned shopping center, a vibrant hub in northeast Park Hill, the poorer -- and definitely blacker -- counterpart to integrated,… More >>

Representational imagery shines at Havu

Rather than throw together a group show featuring work by artists whose work is unconnected, for its current exhibit, Articulated Perspectives, the William Havu Gallery focused on four artists who… More >>

Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries is a cut above

Jamie Wollrab works in Los Angeles as a director, actor and acting coach, but he grew up in Boulder and loves Colorado. "My family lives here," he says, "and they… More >>

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I Hate Hamlet. I Hate Hamlet is a bit like the curate's egg: hilariously funny in parts, and in others so idiotic that you're embarrassed for the actors. Why is… More >>

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